“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5
LIGHT FOR NOW: Learn not to hastily interpret text of the scriptures.
In illustrating or examining the concept of interpreting literal or figurative expressions, we got into asking what Jesus actually meant when he used “daily bread” in Matthew 6:11. The possible questions are:
- What could Jesus be referring to as “this day” in Matthew 6:11? Could it be days of the week?
- What about the daily bread? Could the bread there be the bread from the bakery? If it is the bread from the bakery, will he give me this day what I might like? Or will he give me this day what I like?
- The bread there, is it figurative for food?
If the “daily bread” means food, let’s substitute rice in that place of food, then read it even into the post-text and see what happens: “Give me this day, rice and forgive my sins…” How does it sound? How do you relate the post-text (verse 12) with verse 11? It does not make sense, why? How does forgiveness of sins which is a spiritual reality relate with physical food? In the pretext, he talked about an immaterial reality; so, how will the pretext and the post-text speak of immaterial reality, then the “daily bread” changes the narrative to a physical food? This therefore will mean that the daily bread will obviously not be what we used to think it is. To be continued. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Ponder on the study.
PRAYER: I declare that my eyes of understanding are enlightened, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: Don’t miss at observation in reading if you don’t want to miss at interpretation and application.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 6; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 4